disputes but also land disputes. They became famous for their public service in theregion.In course of time, they got their sister Parvatham married to Ulagapuram MuthiThirumalai Gounder. As they were rich, they conducted the marriage lavishly and madetheir sister happy by giving generous marriage presents in the form of jewellery,ornaments and vessels.
Dispute with Hyder Ali
During those days Kongu area was under the control of Mysore Muslim king Hyder Ali.Hyder Ali was entitled to tax the Kongu people. A Diwan appointed by Hyder Ali, namedMohammed Ali, and a tax collector were troubling farmers in the collection of the taxesin the Kongu area. They humiliated the farmers by confiscating their land – their onlymeans of livelihood – away from them. Hearing the atrocity committed by the MysoreKing's Diwan, Theerthagiri and his two brothers mounted on their horses to stop them. Asthey were searching for the Diwan, the Diwan and his party were returning to their tentsafter colleting taxes. Theerthagiri met them on a road between Sivan Malai and ChenniMalai. They recovered all the taxes from the Diwan and asked him to go and report to theMysore King that Chinnmalai took away all the taxes. Diwan was angry and protestedthat the taxes belonged to Hyder Ali and Theertahagiri would face severe consequencesfor his actions. When Diwan informed him that Kongunadu was ruled by Hyder Ali,Theerthagiri asked the Diwan to inform Hyder Ali that Kongus could rule themselves andthey did not need a Mysore King. He distributed the taxes back to farmers. The story of his encounter with Mysore King's Diwan spread like wild fire and people named him as'Chinnamalai' for this show of bravery.Mysore Diwan was humiliated. But he wanted to take revenge against Chinnamalai andalso wanted to punish him for violating the Mysore King's rights in Kongu. The Diwansent a contingent of soldiers from Sankagiri. Theerthagiri and his soldiers met them ontheir way to Kangeyam at the Noyyal River and defeated them. This was the first battlefield experience for Chinnamalai. Knowing that he has to meet Mysore King in battle in course of time, Chinnamalai collected an army of soldiers from all the villages.He gave the new Kongu soldiers training in many martial arts. Chinnamalai became avery powerful figure in the Kongu region.His house in Kangeyam has become a guest house for the all Kongu activities. The eldest brother Kulandaiswamy and his wife Kempayammal took good care of the all the guestswho visited them by providing food and shelter.Hyder Ali died on 12 July 1782 and his son Tippu Sultan became the Mysore King. After Tippu became Mysore King, hostilities broke between British and Tippu Sultan as Tippuclaimed sovereignty to his kingdom and refused to pay taxes to the British. Tippu Sultanwanted to raise a big army of soldiers to fight the British and invited the Kongus to joinhim to fight against the British. Chinnamalai, and his brothers Kilother, Thambi decidedto join with Tippu Sultan. They also took with them their loyal friend Karuppan and